- That which damps or checks; as:
- (a) A valve or movable plate in the flue or other part of a stove, furnace, etc., used to check or regulate the draught of air.
- (b) A contrivance (sordine), as in a pianoforte, to deaden vibrations; or, as in other pieces of mechanism, to check some action at a particular time.
- (c) Something that kills the mood
- (d) A device that decreases the oscillations of a system.
- Nor did Sabrina's presence seem to act as any at the modest little festivities. - W. Black
- Bread made from a basic recipe of flour, water, milk, and salt: but without yeast.
- 1827: The farm-men usually bake their flour into flat cakes, which they call dampers, and cook these in the ashes. — w:Peter Cunningham, Peter Cunningham, Two Years in New South Wales, ii.190. Quoted in G. A. Wilkes, A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms, 1978, ISBN 0-424-00034-2.
- Dutch: dampkap (1a), afzuigkap (1a), demper (1b), domper (1c)
Etymology: (-er, damp)
- (comparative of, damp)
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